Susan Jackson has been married for 45 years to her husband Kenneth. She is the mother of 2 children, Alisa T. Jackson Purvis, a prior teacher in the New York School System and now within the Maryland Education System, and Kenneth S. Jackson Jr. (deceased Oct 2007 through gun violence). She earned an Associate’s Degree in Teacher Education and completed her certificate program in Developmental Disability from Medgar Evers with honors (Magna Cum Laude). She also graduated with certification in Christian Education from The New York School of the Bible. Mrs. Jackson along with her daughter Alisa Jackson-Purvis co-founded a nonprofit organization called Volunteer Initiatives for Live-Long Learners Achieving Greater Excellence, (The V.I.L.L.A.G.E. Inc.). The organization offers many opportunities for children and young adults to be the best they can be. One of the programs offered here and on the campus of Lincoln University, PA is S.I.S.T.A.H (Sweet Inspiring Soul/Spirit Touching Another’s Heart).
Some of the other VILLAGE projects she is involved in are: Each One Feed One, Health & Wellness Program, K2 Reach Award Luncheon in honor of her son, which provides financial assistance to people in need who want to attend college or trade school. Susan has appeared at various events as a speaker for a wide range of organizations focused on reducing community violence and advancing alternatives to incarceration for Common Justice, the Marshall Project, New York City Probation’s Stop the Violence program, and many others. After the killing of her son Kenneth S Jackson Jr in 2007, Susan along with her husband Kenneth and daughter Alisa, has continued to promote peace within the community and open avenues to success.